Russian Tourist Attraction Ranked as ‘Dark Tourism’ Top Destination

PHOTO by The Yusupov Palace

The web portal Atlas Obscura, specialising in “dark tourism,” has named the top 50 attractions and destinations of 2017. Russia is 29th on the list with its “Murder of Rasputin” exposition at the Yusupov Palace in St. Petersburg. The list was published on Atlas Obscura’s official website.

While speaking about the exhibition, the rating’s creators recalled that 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. “This palatial home in St. Petersburg is where the ball started rolling, with the murder of the nearly un-killable Rasputin,” the authors wrote.

The list also includes such places as Discoteca Ayala in the Cuban city of Trinidad (No. 8) and the so-called Hitler’s Olympic Village built for the 1936 Games (No. 9), as well as a mural of David Bowie in Welling, England (No. 13), China’s Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge (No. 17), the Soyuz-11 Memorial in Kazakhstan (No. 34) and others.

The concept of “Dark Tourism” first appeared in the International Journal of Heritage Studies in 1996. It entered common usage four years later, when two professors from Glasgow Caledonian University, Malcolm Foley and John Lennon, published a book titled “Dark Tourism”.

Initially, it was understood as travel destinations where tragic events had occurred, but later the concept expanded to include hard to reach places, as well as objects on the verge of disappearing.

Earlier, Russia joined the list of top ten tourist destinations in 2017 compiled by the British Daily Mail, and was recognized as a top cruise destination by The Telegraph.